Conor McGregor reveals to Independent.ie some things which his biggest fans may not be aware of.
WHAT FOOTBALL TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT?
I was big into football as a kid, but more as a player than a watcher. I suppose if you pushed me I would say Manchester United, but that’s only because it gets passed down from generation to generation. I think just about everyone in Ireland is either a Liverpool or United fan. But some people go a little weird, referring to the team they support as “we”. To me that’s a little crazy. I admire their athleticism and their dedication. Ronaldo is a phenomenal athlete. His speed, his takeoff from a standing start and his ability to operate at high speeds are impressive
WHO WERE YOUR BOYHOOD HEROES?
I take inspiration from people who are chasing the dream, who are undaunted, who defy the odds. Muhammad Ali of course was a big influence. I watched so many films and documentaries about his incredible deeds, his remarkable life. From a martial arts perspective, it would be Bruce Lee. Chuck Liddell was the MMA figure who convinced me that the UFC was where I wanted to be.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?
To fight at Croke Park as world champion: I went there as a kid with my school when the place was packed and I was blown away. I understand all the history, all the culture, it is a phenomenal area. I know that Muhammad Ali is the only fighter who put on a show there. It is my dream to bring my sport to the Irish people and to follow in Ali’s footsteps. That would be unbelievable.